Truman — 30A’s classic “Sand Rover” mascot — was the proud subject of a “Battle of the Brushes” hosted by Artists at Gulf Place last week. The fun-spirited competition was held during Gulf Place’s Third Thursday Wine Walkabout.

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Left to Right: David Hansel, Billie Gaffrey, Maxine Orange & Libbo Morgan (Photo by: John Hollan)

Each month, Dwight Ward of Artists at Gulf Place secretly selects a different subject for the competition, which features four local artists. Once the topic is revealed, the artists have less than two hours to create their interpretation of the subject matter. Past subjects have included a beach sunset and 30A’s famous Western Lake.

The large crowd in attendance for the Third Thursday Wine Walkabout was mesmerized by the real-time creativity of these local talents, and this month’s winner (decided by a different secret judge each month) was Libbo Morgan, who only recently joined the artist collective at Gulf Place.

Here are close-ups of each artists’ impromptu interpretation…

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Photos: Shelly Swanger

Alys Beach’s famous adults-only “Night of the Dead” costume party will be held at Caliza this Saturday October, 25th.

Noche de los Muertos is always THE hottest party of the haunted season, with over-the-top costumes, special cocktails, a photo booth, and a contest with a $1,000 cash prize for Best Costume.

DJ Roonie G returns again this year, and a limited number of private cabanas are available for groups. Guests must be at least 21 years old, and costumes are required. A cash bar will be available. The fun starts at 8pm and runs until 11:30pm.

Tickets are $50 in advance, and $60 at the door. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to help Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Please note that tickets are nonrefundable and the party will be held rain or shine.

Tickets are available online, and at the Alys Beach Bike Shop, Alys Shoppe, or Fonville Press in Alys Beach.

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The Witches of South Walton will take flight on their 11th annual ride down 30A from Gulf Place to Butler Elementary on Friday, October 31, at 7:00 a.m.

The Witches of South Walton is a group of women founded by Carol Stafford and Le Thompson dedicated to raising money for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. The fundraising ride began with just a few friends and has grown over the years to include a pre-ride party and a post-ride breakfast with an exciting raffle featuring items from local businesses.

Prior to the race the witches will enjoy their morning coffee at Sunrise Coffee Company at Gulf Place. Then they will ride west along Scenic Highway 30A about 2.2 miles to Butler Elementary to greet children before school begins. Following the ride the witches will reconvene at La Playa in Gulf Place for a celebratory breakfast and mimosas. The YOLO Board + Bike store at Gulf Place will provide free bike rentals to any witch needing a bike for the ride. Continue Reading…

With Fall approaching, what could be more fun than a day in the park? Whether you like hiking, kayaking, face painting, bird watching, beach ecology or simply resting in the grass or sand, October 19 is the day to visit Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the 13th Annual Back to Nature Festival hosted by the South Walton Community Council.

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Coastal dune lake at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Photo by Florida Park Service.

Activities are scheduled all day starting with a sunrise meditation, bird walk and beach ecology walk along the pristine Topsail Hill Preserve beach.

Family friendly activities scheduled for the afternoon from 1 to 6 p.m. include hiking, kayaking, interpretive talks, face painting, information booths and an opportunity to view the art work donated for the South Walton Community Council 2014 Silent Auction. Barefoot Bar-B-Que will be on site selling food and the community council will provide a refreshment tent.

The evening schedule from 6 to 10 p.m. will orient more toward adult activities with musical entertainment provided by the Owsley Brothers and the Courtyard Saints, a presentation by Elam Stoltzfus, beverages by Grayton Beer and a raffle drawing.

For more info or to view the full schedule visit South Walton Community Council or call 850-314-3749.

30A South Walton unnamed 1 Catch a Vintage Film Under the Stars at Eden State Gardens   Oct 29Friends of Eden State Gardens invite you and your family for a movie night under the stars. Eden’s Vintage Florida Film Series’ showcased two films earlier this month.

The third and final film to be showcased is ‘Frogs’ (1973), which was filmed at Eden Gardens. The screening will take place on October 29 at 6:30 pm under the moss-draped oak trees on the beautiful lawns of Eden Gardens. Popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for a donation.

The event is FREE with park admission but donations are appreciated and will go directly to the Friends of Eden State Gardens to maintain park grounds and interpretive programs. So bring your chairs, blankets, bug spray, and loved ones and enjoy the movies under the stars on the giant blow-up screen.

For more info, check out the event’s Facebook page.

30A South Walton foundation press release 360 Blue Employees Establish New Foundation to Help Underprivileged ChildrenThe employees of 360 Blue — a luxury vacation rental company along Scenic Highway 30A and in Destin — recently launched the 360 Blue Foundation, a charitable foundation aimed at helping those in the world suffering the most.

360 Blue’s employees also announced an initial commitment of $100,000 in 2015, which will be used to help with the Foundation’s initial efforts to build schools for children struggling in extreme poverty in Africa.

“We are so proud that our employees have decided to work together to identify ways to help those less fortunate in the world,” said Jeremy Sprenkle, one of 360 Blue’s owners.

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Local top chefs will compete during the 30A Throwdown 2014 Culinary Cookoff at V Seagrove.

The 3-day weekend event, October 17-19, will feature award-winning chefs collaborating on their creative takes on sublime cuisine. On October 18, competing chefs will progressively “throwdown” their exquisite pairings for the evening’s ticket holders at V Seagrove. The dinner starts at 6 pm and will feature five courses paired with select wines.

Featured in this year’s lineup are last year’s winning chefs, David Cunningham of V Seagrove and Dan Vargo of Seagar’s, along with Chris Mack of Pandora’s, Darek Tidwell of George’s at Alys Beach, Todd Misner and Steve Whithall of Stinky’s Fish Camp and Signature Catering of 30A’s Christopher Holbrook.

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30A South Walton Lauren Lege 100 Mattie Kelly Arts Festival Guide: Oct 25 26By Lauren Lege

This year marks the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. With music, arts and activities for all ages, this festival is a must-see for families of all shapes and sizes.

30A South Walton Festival Poster Artwork 2014 804x1024 Mattie Kelly Arts Festival Guide: Oct 25 26Festival features include a food bistro, wine and beer garden, live music, activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art drawings and more.

Art enthusiasts from all walks of life will have the opportunity to witness artists create works live, browse from dozens of emerging new and student artists, and get hands-on in the interactive children’s art station. Entertaining street performers, lively art drawings and the sale of colorful keepsake souvenirs come together at Mattie Kelly to create a family-friendly festival feel.

“We are thrilled to return to our original roots when this festival was first born in 1995 and billed as ‘art on the lawn’ by Southern Living magazine,” said Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation CEO, Marcia Hull. “Today, the new festival site portrays that ambience of a spacious green and one of the Emerald Coast’s largest entertainment stages for musicians to perform. Hospitality is our number one priority to create a pleasant environment for all of our artists and festival fans.” Continue Reading…

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